Kids rule the ICA the last Saturday of every month, when the museum fills up with fun, creative, and even zany activities for kids and adults to do together.

Admission is FREE for up to 2 adults per family when accompanied by children ages 12 and under. Youth 17 and under are always admitted free to the ICA. All ages welcome; programs best suited for ages 6 and older. 

In the Galleries

Our galleries are OPEN from 10 AM to 4 PM. ICA Visitor Assistants gallery staff are always available to talk about the art and discuss questions from kids and adults. 

Books and Looks | 10:45, 11:15, 11:45
4th floor Poss Family Mediatheque
Staff led picture book readings engage kids ages 3-8 and their adults in stories related to art, architecture, and creativity. 

Casual Family Tour Guides | 2–4 PM 
4th floor galleries
Connect with our tour guide and arrange a mini-tour with artworks of your choice for your family and friends. 

Family Pop-up Talks | 2:30, 3, 3:30
4th floor galleries
Lively, staff-facilitated discussions focus on one or two art works, incorporating commentary from kids and adults. Look for the blue pillows!

Performance for Families

Boston Youth Dance Showcase | 1:30
Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater
Don’t miss performances by youth dancers of mixed ages and experience levels as we welcome community partners including Ballet Rox, Urbanity Dance, and others. Featured styles include hip-hop, contemporary, modern, along with some surprises. Audience participation will be invited. Theater entry via the third floor.

Art-making Activities

Activities are designed for children and adults to engage in together, working as a team or independently. All ages are welcom; very young children will need adult support. Today’s ink portrait activity is best for ages 6+ and adults together.

Flag transformation | 11–1, 2–4
Bank of America Art Lab, 1st floor
Work alongside local artist Susannah Lawrence. Create new flags (made possible using technology!) representing your heritage incorporating symbols from flags of many nations.

Drawing and sketching | 10:30–1
ICA Common Room, 1st floor
Use a variety of tools and materials to sketch the view of Boston Harbor and/or draw from your imagination, then frame your art work. 

Making ink portraits with guest artist Kate True | 2:15, 3, 3:45
ICA Common Room, 1st floor
See a live portrait-making demonstration featuring local artist Kate True (and her family), then use ink and bamboo brushes to create your own self-portrait. For kids and adults together. Space is limited and sign-up on the day of the event is required. Visit Kate’s website for a sneak peek.

A Promise To Communicate | Ongoing, 10–5
Sandra and Gerald Fineberg art wall, 1st floor
Step back and take a look, then step in and take your chance to add your mark to our art wall with drawings or words of wisdom about how we might all best connect with one another. 
 


Play Dates are sponsored by Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld and the Hassenfeld Family Foundation.